Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time, Time, Time

Sung to you by Land O Lace Krissy (with apologies to Simon and Garfunkel)

Time, time, time, see what's become of me
While I was wound
Look for my possibilities
I wasn't hard to knit
But look around, leaves are brown*
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside, it's bound to be a better ride
Than what you've got planned
Carry your knitting in your hand
And look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That's an easy thing to say, but if your hope should pass away
It's simply pretend
That you can knit them again
Look around, the grass is high
The fields are ripe, it's the Prom Time of my life

Ahhh, seasons change with the knittery
Weaving time in a shawl for me
Won't you stop and remember me
At any convenient time
Funny how my memory slips while looking over charts and scripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Waiting for my Prom Time.

Do you remember the teaser yarn pic? Let me introduce you to Liisi

One of the nicest things about knit alongs is that sometimes you meet someone that you just connect with and a beautiful friendship is started. Last year during Summer Squares one of the people that I (virtually) met was Bev of Land O Lace. Andrea used one of the Land O Lace yarns for her Dark Star Stole and I fell in love with the subtle color variations and had to order some for myself. I mentioned in the comments section of my order that I had found Land O Lace through the group and a virtual friendship was born.

Earlier this year Bev asked me if I would like to test knit a shawl pattern that she was working on and the rest is history.

Liisi is the first in a series of shawls that Bev is designing for her nieces, and very lucky girls they are too!

From the pattern page of the web-store :

Based on contemporary books on the market on Estonian Lace knitting, we have tried to stay true to that style of knitting, utilizing a double yarn cast on, traditional border and stitch patterns, while giving it a unique feel with the play of patterns along the wrap. The shawl is made in two pieces and grafted together.

I need to add my own comments here, call it a pattern review if you will!

The lace patterning is easy enough that you can memorize the play of nupps, yarn overs and decreases without ever becoming boring. There is tons of room to adjust the sizing by adding or subtracting repeats of the main motifs, no worrying that if you add to the middle the edges won't line up, Bev ensured that the pattern repeats sync up perfectly. As I got to keep the finished sample once it was photo'd for the pattern I made mine a little shorter than her white one and loved every minute of it.

The yarn is springy enough to handle seven stitch nupps and crisp enough to hold the yarn overs in the lace patterning.

Time ran away from me, it is many years too late for this to be my Prom Shawl, but TDQ is already thinking of dress plans to make sure it works for her!

If you like knitting lace, do yourself a favor and get the kit!


*Leaves are certainly brown now..can you tell by the pictures this was finished in September?


Amanda said...

I was wondering about the leaves in the song and those in the pictures! Its a gorgeous shawl in a beautiful colour.

Land O Lace said...

Mary Dearest
Thanks again for all your assistance with Liisi - she was fun, wasn't she? And your pics look GREAT! ope you and kiddos had a great Turkey Day!